Ken Chad writes:
At the UKSG conference last Thursday on ‘Open Access’, (http://www.uksg.org/event/NOVCONF2013) Michael Jubb from RIN gave an update what is happening after the Finch report on Open Access. While much of his presentation (http://www.uksg.org/sites/uksg.org/files/PresentationJubb.pdf) was about scholarly communication and academic libraries he did mention the initiative to provide free access to electronic journals from public libraries. (http://www.publishers.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2596:uk-public-libraries-initiative-launches-technical-pilot&catid=80:general-news&Itemid=1617 ).
… public library assistants are the new social workers. Or should that be babysitters, jobsearch trainers, befrienders, English language teachers, IT experts and general mental health and community workers. Read more comments from an assistant in an inner-city public library here
“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year. It is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.
The Society of Chief Librarians has announced an agreement with Jisc which will give Public Libraries better access to online reference materials. The three-year contract has been agreed with JISC Collections, who will manage licence agreements with digital rights owners and publishers of online reference material on behalf of SCL. Jisc already provide a similar service to academic libraries in the UK. It is hoped that this agreement will save public libraries £6m over the three years of the contract. More
This spoof has shown that many online journals are willing to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number. This is the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by journal Science. Read more here
The Society of Chief Librarians has invited library services to compete for a part in the Sieghart Review pilots.
The schemes are being designed to gather evidence on how e-book lending works in practice at libraries in the UK.
SCL and the Publishers Association (PA) have asked for four library services to take part, two covering largely rural areas and two covering largely urban areas. One authority in each area will loan e-books for seven days, while the other will loan them for 21 days. More here.
The story of the very successful Hull History Centre Collaboration between the City Archives, Local Studies Library and University Archive to create a superb new building and service for Hull is now available as a presentation here and you can visit their site here.
How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world: Join forces and partner with people in unlikely places, be sensitive to users’ cultural needs and share ideas on social media to thine one self (and they patrons) be true.
The Guardian highlights report from ‘The Global Librarian’ a joint publication from two New York-based library organisations.
DkIT Library and Louth County Libraries have teamed up to provide their members with a comprehensive library service. The collaboration – 1 Card 6 Libraries – is the first such service in Ireland. Since its launch last autumn both libraries have seen their membership and footfall increase.
This innovative project allows borrowers of Louth County Libraries to use DkIT (Dundalk Institute of Technology) Library and vice versa. In order to use and borrow from the libraries you must let your own library know that you want to use this service and within a week you will be able to borrow from other Libraries using your Library Membership Card/ID.
The Library of the Year title was awarded to two joint winners based at opposite ends of the country Devon Libraries and Dundee Library Service. Judges praised Devon libraries for the huge range of services it offered beyond books and managing to shrug off budget cuts to increase visitor numbers and loan figures. Dundee Library services launched an impressive digital participation programme.
More about Dundee here and Devon here.